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Who will replace Harry Redknapp at Birmingham?

Who will replace Harry Redknapp at Birmingham?
By PA Sport

16/09/2017 at 21:13Updated 16/09/2017 at 21:20

Birmingham are searching for a new manager after Harry Redknapp left the club following the 3-1 home defeat by Preston.

Redknapp was in charge for 13 games, arriving last season when he helped the club avoid relegation following the departure of Gianfranco Zola.

Lee Carsley has been placed in interim charge as the owners look for a new man to lead the Sky Bet Championship side who dropped into the bottom two following a sixth straight defeat.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at possible contenders.

LEE CARSLEY

Former Birmingham midfielder Carsley has stepped up from his role with the club's development squad to take over as caretaker manager, a role he has previously filled at Brentford. Carsley, who is an England Under-21 coach, would be a popular choice among Birmingham fans and was made an early favourite by bookmakers.

NIGEL PEARSON

The former Leicester and Derby boss has been linked with the St Andrew's job in the past and would certainly bring experience to the role. However, a turbulent end to his Leicester reign and his struggles with Derby might make Birmingham's owners think twice.

RYAN GIGGS

The former Manchester United and Wales winger has coaching experience under Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford but lacks managerial credentials. His high profile as a player means he is well known but Giggs has yet to prove himself as a manager, which could make Birmingham an attractive proposition to him.

ALAN PARDEW

Having managed Crystal Palace and Newcastle in the top flight, Pardew knows what it takes to be successful at club level. He has been out of the game since his departure from Selhurst Park in 2016. Birmingham could be his way back into management if that is what he wants.

AITOR KARANKA

The Spaniard took Middlesbrough out of the Championship but left after reported disputes with the club's board and players as well as the fans. He has worked under Jose Mourinho as assistant manager when the Portuguese was in charge of Real Madrid.

KEVIN PHILLIPS

The much-travelled former striker is a coach at Derby who are currently managed by former Birmingham boss Gary Rowett. The former Sunderland and England striker endeared himself to Birmingham fans when he scored the goal for Blues which ensured promotion to the Premier League eight years ago.

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